Do you need an adjustment? We’re not talking an attitude change,
but a spinal one that comes from excellent chiropractic care.
“Chiropractic adjustments are necessary when joints become restricted
or hypomobile, which can lead to pain, inflammation and muscle tightness,”
says Jan Carlo Zegarra, DC, lead physical medicine provider at St. Joseph
Hoag Health’s new
Wellness Corner at LA Fitness Crossroads in Irvine, California, a center specializing in muscular, joint and spinal
health. “And with inflammation and mechanical stress to the surrounding
tissues and nerves, the signaling pathways to different systems--from
digestive to musculoskeletal--are impacted. That makes a big difference
in peoples’ lives, which is why getting help is so necessary.”
Although Dr. Zegarra has extensive experience in assisting athletes (he’s
worked with professional athletes in the NFL, NHL, MLB and UFC), he also
helps many who experience pain stemming from everyday life. With so many
of us spending our working lives seated with our heads unnaturally in
forward posture over our computers, he often sees everyday working people whose backs and necks are aching
from this unnatural position that can seriously throw off spinal mechanics
Other situations frequently treated by chiropractors are poor posture,
joint damage and swelling, spinal inflammation due to poor diet or stress,
osteoporosis or tight back muscles. Most people experience
back pain when they seek out chiropractic care, but others are also suffering from
headaches, irregularity, and a loss of mental clarity.
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One of the best things about receiving chiropractic adjustments is that
they are a drug-free and surgery-free method of healing the body naturally.
The intent is to help restore joint mobility and proper body mechanics
to achieve balance and promote healing. Moreover, costs are far less expensive
than traditional interventional care.
So, what happens when you go for an adjustment?
There are several forms of treatment, and the best known is spinal manipulation,
which involves the chiropractor applying a controlled force on the spine
to restore proper mobility. This procedure is also known for the “cracking”
noise patients hear, which is caused by the harmless release of gas trapped
between joints. The movement of the joint causes a change in pressure,
which in turn releases gas bubbles. There is usually no pain or discomfort
involved in this technique.
Chiropractors work with each patient to determine the appropriate amount
of pressure and ensure the technique is right for them. For example, patients
with osteoporosis typically require a gentler approach. For them, spinal
mobilization is often the answer. With this form of adjustment, the chiropractor
employs slow movements that may include gentle stretching or firm pressure
(rather than thrusts) to restore joint mobility.
Another form of treatment is myofascial release technique, which targets
the layer of membranes that cover and connect the muscles. This type of
therapy is also performed by physical therapists and massage therapists.
During myofascial release, the chiropractor identifies stiff areas and
applies pressure to loosen them up, free movement and reduce pain.
After a complete history, exam and imaging/lab studies if necessary, the
doctor of chiropractic will determine whether chiropractic services are
appropriate for the condition. Through a process of shared decision-making,
the doctor will explain your diagnosis, recommend a treatment plan and
review the risks and benefits of all procedures.
‘Although it’s been practiced for nearly 120 years, chiropractic
care has become much more popular and accessible in recent years,”
says Dr. Zegarra. “While chiropractic care has typically been thought
of as an ‘alternative’ service, it’s now more mainstream
than ever before— as indicated by the fact that many patients keep
coming back to ensure they move and feel their best throughout their lives.”
The Wellness Corner, focusing on muscle, joint and spinal health, is located
inside the LA Fitness – Crossroads at 3960 Barranca Parkway in Irvine,
California, and is open to the public. You do not need an LA Fitness membership
to receive care. Call us at (949) 430-3968 or email
WellnessCorner.LAFCrossroads@stjoe.org, and find out how we can help you achieve better health!